1859 Oct. 30
Beaver (Pa.) - Emma, Louisa's school friend, discusses town gossip and describes the activities of other young people in town. She talks of going to a lecture given by a female Mormon and wonders if men "would be as willing for their wives to have an equal number of husbands." She goes on to discuss the men she has been seeing.
1859 Dec. 25
Beaver (Pa.) - Emma, Louisa's school friend, discusses town gossip and describes the activities of other young people in town. She informs Louisa about a good Methodist school that her friends Louise and Mary have been enjoying. She admits to not being interested in marriage, though quickly steers the letter to a different topic. Emma insists that Louisa write back on New Years Day.
1859 Feb. 27
Beaver (Pa.) - Emma, Louisa's school friend, discusses town gossip and describes the activities of other young people in town. She insists that Louisa give her more details about the man she wrote about, who is "wealthy, good looking, graduate from Jefferson, and fond of travel." Emma jokes that she is in love.
1867 Sept. 28
Duncannon (Penn.) - Samp King's letter to his cousin Louisa is mostly on behalf of Jane, who has a hurt finger and cannot write the letter herself. She and Charley had a good trip to Niagara Falls before they picked up Harry to bring him home with them. His sister was in Philadelphia and is now visiting Ickesburg. Samp was travelling in the West and noted how warm and dry it had been around the country... more
1864 June 13
Washington (D.C.) - Bobby writes to his cousin Louisa Gass asking her to send him a list of those killed or wounded from his old regiment in the Civil War. He went on a trip with his Orderly Sergent to Crystal Springs. This was the first time he had been out of the hospital for two weeks. Bobby writes about common acquaintances who are in the service and when they will get out. He looks forward to learning to... more
1863 July 11
United States - Letter by an unidentified correspondent begins with an explanation that all mail service had been suspended due to the Civil War. Rebel forces have moved into the area without any resistance. They are warned that the rebels will plunder and steal all valuables or things that could be useful and all should be put away. The author tells of being faced with armed men at the door who asked if th... more
1933 Mar. 14
United States - Katherine begins her letter to her mother Sarah by thanking her and the kids for their letters. She expresses excitement about her upcoming trip home. Katherine writes about payday, but laments the fact that she hasn't been able to cash any checks due to the bank crisis. The bank only allowed them $10 a week from their account which is not enough to live on. They also cannot deposi... more
1834 Oct. 31
Manchester (Penn.) - George Stevenson begins this letter by comparing Samuel Gass to a bruised snake writhing in the agonies of death, which he would like to kill but instead will leave so that he can watch him stick out his forked tongue to poison everything around him. George mentions an unnamed book which is a source of tension between the two men. He insists that Samuel cannot judge the contents of the ... more
1933 Mar. 8
United States - Katherine Irey begins her letter to June Kessel explaining the reason she enclosed only two photographs: daughter Junie got a hold of the film in her purse and unrolled it. The two pictures sent were the only two left unexposed. While she was rather upset with Junie, she couldn't scold her because she wouldn't understand what the fuss was about. Katherine then writes about ... more